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Date: Monday, January 1, 2001 
Question/Topic: Edmund Fitzgerald - Great Lakes Freighter 
Answer/Pointer: "Divers seek Edmund Fitzgerald's long-submerged secret" headline of article in Tallahassee Democrat 7/3/94, p. 5A Sank Nov. 10, 1975, in fierce storm on Lake Superior. Wreckage 17 miles off Whitefish Point on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. All 29 crewmen died. At 729 feet, the Fitzgerald was the largest bulk carrier ever built for Greak Lakes service when launched in 1958. Carried taconite ore pellets. Owned by Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. of Milwaukee and named in honor of its former president. Fitzgerald was haunted by the loss of nameship ship until his death in 1986, his son said. The disaster inspired the Gordon Lightfoot ballad, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." Memorial services are held each November at Mariners' Church of Detroit. See Problem Box for clipping of article. Great Lakes freighter 
Librarian: LCLCPL 

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